Early Muslim Dogma: A Source-Critical Study

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 23, 1981 - 242 pages
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The key sources for the reconstruction of the early history of Muslim dogma are a group of texts ascribed to authors of the late first century of the Hijra. These texts bear on two major doctrinal controversies, the Murji'ite and the Qadarite, raising issues related on the one hand to the judgement of the events of the First Civil War, and on the other to the dilemma of predestination and free will. Part I and II of this study present a new source for the early history of the Murji'a, and argue new positions regarding the early doctrine and politics of the movement. Parts III and IV are an investigation of the authenticity and dating of this and half a dozen similar sources; the issues thereby raised are fundamental for the history of Muslim dogma, and have ramifications for the study of early Muslim history at large. The book also discusses the origin of particular Muslim doctrines in the religious and intellectual trends of late antiquity.
 

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Contents

Sālim b Dhakwān and his epistle
viii
Literary parallels
viii
The role of Koran and ḥadīth
16
The Sīrat Sālim and early Murjiism
21
The Sīrat Sālim on the Murjia translation
23
Murjiite doctrine
27
Murjiite politics
33
Murjiite origins
44
The dating of traditions
107
The epistle of Ḥasan of Baṣra
117
The epistle of Umar II
124
The Questions of Ḥasan b Muḥammad
137
An epistle of Jacob of Edessa
145
16 Conclusion
153
The Sīrat Sālim on the Murjia Arabic text
159
Notes
164

The dating of the early epistles
49
The letters of Ibn Ibāḍ to Abd alMalik
51
The K alirjā
68
The Sīrat Sālim
89
The documents of the Qadarite controversy
105

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